Thank you for rescuing her from what sounds like a not so nice life. I am sure you both will be blessed to be apart of each others lives..you will be repayed by much love!
You have done a wonderful thing. She is a beauty!Hello from Northern Canada. I'm sorry if this gets long. My husband and I just rescued a Golden Retriever on July 7th. I've kind of been browsing through the forums here since then trying to read up and learn what I can about the breed since it was not a planned rescue and more of a right time, right place thing.
We have a fixed male Jack Russell Terrier named Milo who is 8. We also have two cats that run the place. We do a lot of fishing and camping May through the end of October.
It was on our second to last camping trip that we came across Ivy and her last owners. They were talking about euthanizing her because the woman didn't want her or like her, and the guy didn't have time to devote to the dog. She's got a bad haircut, I can see her ribs through her coat, she ducks when you raise your hand to pet her, and she was extremely aggressive when we first met her because she was tied to the back of their camper van with little more than a few feet to move around on her leash. The old collar she was wearing had a metal ring on it that had pulled almost all of the hair off around her neck (that was the first thing we ditched). She's not fixed, and it's quite a bit more expensive to get done than I was led to believe. They estimated her age to be between 4 and 5 years old, but everyone who has seen her thinks she is younger because of her energy level.
Bringing her home, she fit right in with the cats. She hovers over Milo constantly though and he doesn't really appreciate that. She will sit on your lap if you allow it. She's quite the attention seeker. So far, we can now walk without a leash, she hasn't been aggressive with anyone or any other dogs, nor is she food aggressive. She knows the simple commands, and is even picking up on the sign language. She loves the water and loves to be brushed (we brushed out a grocery bag full of hair the first day home). She's a real joy to be around, and seems to be happy.
I welcome any information or comments that might be helpful for us on this journey and look forward to be part of this community.
Aw. What a lucky boy Buddy is to be living with youBuddy spent his first 2 years of life in a filthy trailer and full of fleas. He was not housebroken. I tremble every time it is a hot day thinking how bad his previous home must have smelled.
Your Buddy was also the 1st Therapy Dog in your area- Right? I think I read that in one of your other posts previously. He find the best home with you Danny and your lovely Wife of course!!!Aw. What a lucky boy Buddy is to be living with you
I named our first rescue Buddy ala "who are you, buddy?" Couldn't tell what kind of dog he was at first. He'd wandered up to my wife as she was pulling out of her office pulling a stake on the end of a chain, his eyes swollen shut and teeth worn down from chewing on the chain trying to get free. Finally pulled the stake out and made a break for it. Super sweet, never met a stranger.
The ability of goldens to overcome sad beginnings never ceases to amaze me. People could learn a lot about letting the past stay in the past from goldens.
Yes, he was.Your Buddy was also the 1st Therapy Dog in your area- Right? I think I read that in one of your other posts previously.
Krista: God Bless you for rescuing IVY. I don't think it was any accident how she found you! God works in mysterious ways. My hubby and I have adopted two Golden Retrievers: Smooch, adopted at 16 mos. from Golden Ret. Rescue -Smooch went to Rainbow Bridge at age of 12. She was a stray-the sweetest GIRL! Now we adopted Tucker, at age of 2, a male Red Golden Retriever, from someone on this forum that had to find a new home for him. He is a wonderful boy and will be 5 yrs. old in September. Ivy looks like Tucker.Maybe the most ironic thing about this whole experience thus far has been knowing and planning for our next dog to be a rescue dog. It's been something we've been talking about for about a year and a half now as we've met and gotten to know quite an abundance of dog breeds and their owners while out camping. It obviously wasn't something we were really prepared to commit to so soon, but we are good at rolling with whatever life throws at us.
We don't have a crate; we've never really needed one. I'm always home, and unless we have travelled where we can't take Milo, he's always been along for the ride. The same will go for Ivy too. When we are away, we have a house sitter who owns his own business and loves taking Milo to his office. I'm sure that wont change.
We started going with a house sitter because when we put them all in the kennel when we went on a two week holiday, one of our cats stress limit was highly tested, and I couldn't bear having to do that to him ever again. That was 7 years ago.
I've enjoyed reading everyone else's rescue stories, they are so personal. Thank you for sharing them. It's amazing to know where they've come from and to see who they are now. Experiencing their happiness has to be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things one can hope to achieve out of such a selfless act. I've spent hours reading and just looking at all the pictures on this forum.